Grace Catalano

Grace M Catalano

Wednesday, April 25th, 1928 - Thursday, April 8th, 2021
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Grace M. Catalano passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021, at the age of 92. Grace was born in Verplanck, NY, the daughter of Vincenzo and Concetta Tropiano on April 25, 1928, the eldest of five children. She graduated from Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, NY in 1945.

Upon graduation, Grace was a secretary for Dorsey Fabrics, located in the Empire State Building in New York City. On April 24, 1949 Grace married Anthony Catalano and began her new career on the third floor of her father-in-law’s apartment on North Water St. While also raising a family, she acted as secretary in the family business, which later became J. Catalano & Sons Inc., until her retirement.

The most important things in Grace’s life were her faith, family, cooking and gardening. She had a running list of friends and family members she was praying for on a daily basis. She would never let you leave from a visit without some home-made food or vegetables from her garden.

She took up golf in her later years and was a member of the Greenwich Womens Golf Club. She loved traveling with her siblings and with the Glenville Seniors. Grace enjoyed her trips to her home in Orleans, Cape Cod which included clamming and crabbing with her husband, siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Some of her fondest memories were of her large, extended family gathering at her house for holidays with lots of food, laughter and bellies full with her famous escarole soup. Grace was proud of still working in her garden at the age of 92.

Grace was predeceased by her husband, Anthony and daughter, Donna Stempien. She is survived by her son Joseph (Susan) and daughter Toni Jean (Bruno) Minichino, her grandchildren Jessica Catalano, Alyssa (Brian) Ferenz, Krista (Michael) Pietrafeso, Tara (Rob) Harvey, Lindsay (Michael) Prinz, A.J. Minichino, Michael (Michelle) Stempien and Sarah Stempien. She is also survived by 8 great grandchildren; Ella, Josie and Clara Pietrafeso, Levi, Calvin and Winona Ferenz and R.C. and Ryan Harvey.

Grace will be greatly missed by her brothers Joseph (Natalie) and Vincent (Marilyn) Tropiano, her sisters Joan (Stanley) Tucci and Angie (Joseph) Manfredo as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Grace’s niece, Marcie Husband, for all her love, care and devotion to her aunt. They would also like to thank Dr. Lee of Greenwich Hospital.

Due to COVID, the wake will be private for family on Friday April 9, 2021. A mass of Christian burial will be live streamed on Saturday April 10 at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Church, Byram. Please visit Grace’s memorial page at to find a link to the funeral mass.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sacred Heart Church (95A Henry St, Greenwich, CT 06830) to help fund the refurbishment of the church’s beautiful stained glass windows.

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    Saturday, April 10th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, April 10th, 2021 10:00am
    Sacred Heart Church
    95 Henry Street
    Greenwich, CT 06830
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Lizzy Jayne

Posted at 08:39am
One of the sweetest and nicest ladies you could ever meet. Grace always had a smile on her face. She and Tony were at our wedding 51 years ago and at our reception was the first time I met her. Joe and I moved into our apartment in the house diagonally across the street from Uncle Joe and Aunt Flavia’s house on North Water Street. We would see both Tony and Grace at family gatherings. Loved them both so much. Rest In Peace in God’s loving arms, Grace. Joe and Beth Cole Bivona

Pete Luchesi

Posted at 03:10pm
It was always nice when Grace came to Cape Cd, to stop by and visit, hear about her gardening. and just enjoy her sense of humor. She will be missed.

-Pete and Sue Lucchesi

William Giacomo

Posted at 01:44pm
Joe ,Susan and family, so sorry for your loss but your mom had great life and left a lasting legacy.

The Giacomo family

Debbie Klaes Vetromile

Posted at 12:50pm
Dear Joe and Family;
So sorry to learn about the passing of your Mom, Grace. Alot of wonderful childhood memories came flooding back
that I will always remember. Praying you'll find the strength to get through all the coming days, Grace gave you and the rest of the family all her love and that will remain with you for all times, God Bless,
Debbie Klaes Vetromile

Jimmy and Patty

Posted at 04:19pm
Dear Joe and family. So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. We know how special she was to you all. Our prayers and love are with you.
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